Drug policy in America seem to be changing these days as different political groups hold power and begin to enact what they believe is right for our country. Unfortunately, “for every complex problem, there is a solution that is clear, simple, and wrong,” but figuring out what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is much easier said than done…
The Many Dimensions of Drug Policy and Law
Most people feel very strongly about drug policy and its legal standing in one direction or the other. Most people can say that they have some experience in the area, whether they’ve used something themselves or know a family or friend who has either benefited, or suffered, from the use of such-and-such a substance. There is more than enough debate on the subject, which would ideally lead to some kinds of solutions for those who are in need of an answer for their own reasons. However, as these debates rage on, little changes are made. People are more likely to become mired in their original opinions and will stop listening to and considering the other side.
Where do we begin to discuss, in a civil way, the complex subject of drug policy? A lot of it should lie in the language, in making sure that we know what we’re talking about. For example, the term “decriminalization” is often switched in for “legalization,” but they are not equivocal. If a drug has been decriminalized and “you are caught in possession of small amounts of a drug for personal use, you do not incur a criminal penalty,” and instead, typically, face a small fine. However, the drug is still considered illegal within the state. Obviously, then, if the drug is legal, it would be a different story.
Another piece of this process is “de-facto decriminalization.” In this period, ” no actual decriminalization law has been officially passed, but the existing criminal law prohibiting use is no longer enforced.”
Many people feel strongly about the drug policy on marijuana legalization in particular because many require it for medical reasons. So, the medicalization of drugs, especially marijuana, is another hot topic under this umbrella of conversation. It is important to note, though, that it’s not usually “prescribed” by doctors, and is rather “recommended” as a result of a lack of empirical evidence that really supports its claims as a health-boosting aid. In this case, much more testing needs to be done, particularly on its side effects and long term use.
Even when certain drugs are “legalized,” there are more than one situations that it may fulfill within that term. Where it may be legal, it may not also be legal for commercialization, meaning that it can’t be sold as a product, branded, or advertised. Even without this facet, though, many people would be happy to be able to use marijuana recreationally without fear of prosecution and, they would argue, it would cut back on black market activity.
It’s unclear what is the best course of action in this situation particularly since there isn’t nearly enough research at present to fully support either side. Drug policy is a tricky subject, one that holds a lot of lives in its pages. Hopefully, lawmakers and politicians will remember how dire this situation is before making any decisions. If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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